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Bylaw amendment would outlaw sitting or laying on downtown Penticton sidewalks

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May 17, 2019 - 3:33 PM

PENTICTON - Penticton’s bylaw services are looking for amendments to the city’s good neighbour bylaw, one of which would make anyone sitting or laying in the downtown’s major streets “an obstruction."

The amendments are set to come before council at next week’s regular meeting on May 21.

In a report prepared for council, Bylaw Services Supervisor Tina Siebert noted the city is fielding 6,000 enquiries annually, with a steady increase in calls or service related to social nuisance issues.

Now, with two new community safety bylaw officers who started work May 1, the bylaw department wants to provide a “more focussed approach to addressing current issues in the community.”

One amendment seeking council approval would redefine “obstruction” to include anyone sitting or laying on a street between the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of Ellis Street, the 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Martin Street and all of Main Street from the 100 to 700 blocks, inclusive, between May 1 and September 30.

Other amendments being proposed to council include changes to the definition of “structure” in the bylaw, the addition of light filtration regulations and a regulation restricting the connection of a recreational vehicle to the city’s sewer system.

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